The live-action Metal Gear Solid movie from Sony Pictures is moving forward. Deadline reports that Sony is in “early talks” with The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct the film, which will be handled by Spider-Man producer Avi Arad and Sony Pictures.
The Metal Gear Solid movie has taken so long to get moving, Deadline says, because it’s taken a while for Konami and Sony Pictures to get “on the same page” for how to tell the story. Series creator Hideo Kojima previously confirmed that Solid Snake will be the star of the movie.
There’s no word yet on plot or who will play Solid Snake. Kojima said he was previously eyeing X-Men star Hugh Jackman for the role, but it was later decided to cast a unspecified newcomer instead. Kojima himself is working on the Metal Gear Solid movie in a supervisory role.
The Metal Gear Solid movie is not the only movie based on a video game in the works. Ubisoft is currently working on a total of six movies, including features based on Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, and Watch Dogs. In addition, movies based on Warcraft, The Last of Us, Temple Run, Minecraft, and Angry Birds are on the way. The most recent video game movie was this year’s Need for Speed, which starred Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul. The movie did not win over critics, but it was a commercial success.
The next Metal Gear Solid game is the upcoming open-world title Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain, a sequel to March’s Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.